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Daniel Farke: We have to dig in with the same spirit

8 March 2019

Daniel Farke said his Norwich side will need to show the same commitment and spirit they did away from home last week as they take on Swansea City on Friday night.

Farke’s team go into the game on the back of three league wins, the most recent of which saw them beat Millwall 3-1 at The Den.

And despite still sitting top, the City boss said they know they face a difficult task against Graham Potter’s side.

“We know we face a club who played a few months ago in the Premier League and deep inside they still have the wish to return their as quick as possible,” Farke said. “I am full of respect for Graham’s work, he is doing a brilliant job in a difficult situation after relegation when it’s always difficult. For me they still have a good chance to make a late push to the play-offs.”

With Norwich playing on Friday night ahead of the rest of the weekend’s Championship fixtures, Farke knows they have the opportunity to get an early three points on the board. But he said they will continue to stay focussed on their game and not focus on the results of other teams around them.

He said: “It’s not about putting pressure on any other clubs it’s more like we are greedy and we want to go further on and be successful. We want to be there with a good performance at Carrow Road and want to be as successful as we can be.

“It’s not like we speak about what will happen on Saturday or after difficult wins that we had in recent weeks that we are too carried away or over confident. It’s important that we stay focussed and know that we were just able to win games at Bolton, Millwall and against Bristol because we were working hard and were there with such a good spirit.

“It’s important in a home game under the floodlights when everyone is excited that we are not too carried away and still really dig in with the same commitment and spirit to stick together.

“It’s important that we are all behind the team and support them because we know it will be a difficult game. We want, together with our fans, to be successful again.”

The Canaries last faced the Swans at the Liberty Stadium on November 24, when Norwich walked away with a 4-1 victory. But Farke said he expects a different type of game this time round.

“Our pressing for the last game had to be unbelievably precise, synchronised and structured, and to dominate the ball with possession was also a big topic. We wanted to be also pretty good in the transition moments and to force as many winnings of the ball as possible," he said. 

“The topics are not 100% the same but quite similar to the game a few months ago, but I expect a different game because last time we had the big advantage that we were able to go in the lead pretty early and we scored the next goal also pretty early and the game went totally in our direction. I expect a game which will be much more complicated, and we have to be good in more or less the same topics, but we can’t expect the game will be the same comfortable win like it was a few months ago.

“We are facing a side who is mid-table, in a home game under the floodlights, so people think it’s an easy win, but we face a side who were playing a few months ago in the Premier League and they have a brilliant coach and a really good balance between experienced and young players. For me they are one of the best possession sides in the whole league and it will be an unbelievably difficult game.

“If we are not switched on and just think we have a great opportunity and can enjoy ourselves, then we will fail. We have to make sure that we are really, really focussed and even in this game are able to be at our best. I know it will be an unbelievably difficult task and it’s not like in football you can paint a picture and say Friday night will be an easy win and then we can lay on the sofa and enjoy the weekend. We have to work hard and it will be an unbelievably difficult game for us and I have said this to the lads."

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